Meet the New Bulldogs

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29 Added to Yale Roster


Class of 2021 in Roster Form


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Twenty-nine student-athletes from 13 states and the District of Columbia will join the Yale Football Team as its class of 2021. Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach, announced his newcomers today, and they include 17 on offense and a dozen on defense.

There are 11 former high school captains and 21 multi-sport athletes among the newcomers. The average height and weight of the 29 is 6-foot-2, 227 pounds. Five of the 17 offensive players are linemen who average 6-foot-4, 289 pounds.

The most popular states among the class of 2021 are Pennsylvania and Massachusetts with five each, while linebackers (6) lead the position listing.

The Bulldogs, who open the 2017 season at Lehigh on Sept. 16, gather in the middle of August to begin preparation for the new campaign.




Micah Awodiran

6-2, 220


Chicago, IL

At Marist High School: 2015 East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) All-Conference selection… 2016 ESCC Conference Most Valuable Player and All-Conference team… 2016 All-State team selection Illinois High School Assocation Division 8A… Chicago Tribune Preps Plus All-State First Team defense… 2016 Chicago Sun-Times All-Area team… Made 108 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 1 fumble recovery for touchdown in the 2016 season…  Ranked No. 10 recruit in Illinois and No. 27 outside linebacker in the nation by… Also played running back… Received varsity letter in track & field.

Personal: Plans on majoring in political science… Has one sister, Dolapo, who is currently a junior at the University of Illinois.

Awodiran Video 


Ethan Campbell

6-4, 218


Cincinnati, OH

At La Salle High School: Won three consecutive state championships… Was also a member of the track team… Also spent time as a defensive end.

Personal: Finds inspiration in late mother's battle with cancer ( ... Has a brother, Chris, who is a United States Marine… Other interests include boxing and economics.

Campbell Video


Jordan Carey

5-11, 203


Florissant, MO

At Hazelwood Central High School: Over 300 tackles in varsity career… Academic All-Conference (2013-2016)… First Team All-State linebacker (2016)… First Team All-Conference linebacker (2016)… Second-Team All-Conference linebacker (2014-2015)… Second Team All-Metro linebacker (2016)… Conference champion all four years… Also played running back… Was a team captain for three years… Also played basketball.

Personal: Plans to major in computer science… Wants to pursue career in cyber security… Senior class president… Enjoys collecting sneakers.

Carey Video


Darrion Carrington

6-2, 175


Toms River, NJ

At Toms River North High School: 2,000 career receiving yards.... Caught 36 passes for 970 yards and 17 touchdowns senior season… Ran a punt back for a touchdown senior season… First-Team All-Conference wide receiver… First-Team All-Shore… First-Team All-State… Second Team All-Metro (TriState)… Team went 23-1 over his junior and senior seasons… Won state championship junior season… Won consecutive Shore Conference Class A South titles… Also played cornerback… Captain of basketball team… Four-time varsity letter winner in basketball.

Personal: Helped young children learn how to play basketball as a coach in Randy Holmes Basketball Camps… Brothers, Anthony and Kyle, play wide receiver at Wagner College and Liberty University, respectively.

Carrington Video


Jimmy Check

6-4, 210


Fairfax, VA

At Paul VI Catholic High School: Second-Team All-State quarterback senior season… Honorable Mention All-State quarterback junior season… Played safety, wide receiver… Also played basketball, baseball, and ran track… Scholar-Athlete award recipient.

Personal: Mother, Monica, played basketball at Georgetown… Interests include economics, history, and the government.

Check Video


Michael Chime

6-1, 265


Cleveland, OH

At Saint Ignatius High School: Recorded 82 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, and 13.5 sacks during senior season… All-State and All-District defensive lineman… Named team defensive line MVP… Member of state championship runner-up… Also wrestled and took part in track and field during high school.

Personal: Helped in the Wildcats Youth Football Camp… Has two brothers, Andrew and Nicholas… Interests include ethics, politics, and law economics.

Chime Video


Patrick Conte

6-5, 230


Fairfield, CT

At Fairfield College Preparatory: Threw for 14 touchdowns and 1,648 passing yards… Rushed for 277 yards and seven touchdowns…. Was named a captain during his senior year… Also played freshman lacrosse… Two-year starter.

Personal: Volunteered with Newtown Youth Flag Football Program… Lead counselor at the Fairfield Prep Football Camp… Attended Kairos spiritual retreat with the Fairfield Prep Campus Ministry program… Interested in economics… Interests include snowboarding, golf, and basketball… Mother ran indoor and outdoor track in college… Father rowed in college.

Conte Video


John Dean

6-2, 228


Wrentham, MA

At Choate Rosemary Hall: Helped Choate go undefeated during the 2016 season.

At Xaverian Brothers High School: Boston All-State selection for senior season... Named Boston Herald All-Scholastic senior season… Tallied 41 tackles and an interception senior season… Team went undefeated senior season… Won Division I state championship senior season… Missed junior season due to injury… Also played running back.

Personal: Interests include reading, yoga, and traveling… Father played football at Fordham… Grandfather played baseball at NYU.

Dean Video



Zane Dudek

5-10, 190


Kittanning, PA

At Armstrong High School: Rushed for single-season conference record 2,955 yards in 11 games senior season… Set conference regular season scoring record with 254 points… Fourth in conference career rushing with 6,977 yards and 102 touchdowns… 2017 First Team All-State in football… Averaged 10.1 yards per carry during his career… Won the WPIAL Class 3A 100-meter dash… Ran track and played baseball as well.

Personal: Cousin, Gus Frerotte, played in the NFL… Uncle, Benji, wrestled at Lehigh University… Other interests include golf and mathematics.

Dudek Video 


Andrew Grinde

Height: 5-11

Weight: 210

Hometown: Great Falls, MT

Position: RB

At C.M. Russell High: Seven varsity letters in football (4), basketball (2) and track & field (1)… 4,480 career rushing yards for 43 TDs… Owns state career records with 4,480 rushing yards, 22 games over 100 yards and 6,500 all-purpose yards… State season records with 2,180 rushing yards, 3,000 all-purpose yards… Three-time all-state and all-conference selection… Montana Gatorade Player of the Year in 2014… Team captain in football and basketball… All-conference selection and state leader in 3-point percentage for basketball team … Top 5 triple jump in the state in track… Eleven-time Academic All State… Top Engineer Award… National Honor Society… Won Elks Foundation Scholarship for Most Valuable Student.

Personal: Son of Jerry and Cyndy Grinde.

Grinde Video


Deonte Henson

5-9, 170


Beaumont, TX

At West Brook High School: 55 tackles, 27 passes defended, and 3 interceptions during varsity career… First-Team All-District defensive back… First-Team Super Gold defensive back… Willie Ray Smith Award Finalist… Second-Team Academic All-State… Captain of track team… Three-year letter winner in track… District champion in 4x100m relay… Took third in district 100m… Also played basketball.

Personal: Related to Patriots linebacker and Super Bowl LI champion Elandon Roberts… Other interests include music and economics.

Henson Video


Blake Hill

6-1, 228


Milford, MA

At Milford High School: Two-time Boston Globe All-Star… Team MVP senior season… Named to the All-Hockomock Football Team during his junior season… Accrued total of 355 tackles, 46 tackles-for-loss, 3 interceptions, and 8 forced fumbles… Also played running back, wide receiver, and tight end… Totaled 3,500 scrimmage yards and 41 touchdowns… Captain of baseball team… Received four varsity letters in baseball… Named to the All-Hockomock Baseball team during his junior season.

Personal: Was a member of the National Honor Society… Other interests include swimming and business.

Hill Video


Jacob Hinish

6-3, 295


Pittsburgh, PA

At Central Catholic High School: Two-time All-Conference offensive guard… Member of 2015 state and district champions, 2016 district champions and state runner-up… Ranked No. 124 offensive guard in the nation by… Also played baseball, basketball, and lacrosse… Captain of lacrosse team… Received two varsity letters in both baseball and lacrosse.

Personal: Father played football at Georgia Tech… Uncle played football at Slippery Rock… Jacob and his cousin (Kurt) were born five days apart and played together in high school… Kurt will play at Notre Dame.

Hinish Video


Sasha Hoban

6-4, 245


Newton, MA

At Newton South High School: Totaled 102 catches, 1,321 yards, and 11 touchdowns in varsity career… League All-Star junior and senior seasons… Team MVP senior season… Also played defensive end... Received varsity letters each year he played basketball and volleyball… Won a state championship in volleyball… Captain of both football and basketball team during his senior year.

Personal: Was a member of the honor roll every year in school.

Hoban Video:


JJ Howland

6-6, 250


Fiskdale, MA

At Choate Rosemary Hall: Helped Choate go undefeated during the 2016 season.

Tantasqua High School: Earned ESPNBoston All-State honors after leading Central Mass region in catches, yards, touchdowns, and yards per catch… Also played basketball at Tantasqua… Helped lead Tantasqua to state semifinals.

Personal: Was a member of the National Honor Society… Other interests include economics and reading.

Howland Video


Tyler Jost

6-6, 290


Libertyville, IL

At Libertyville High School: All-State, All-Area, and North Suburban All-Conference offensive tackle senior season… Member of IHSA Class 7A State-Finalist (2015) and North Suburban Conference Champions (2015)… Ranked No. 149 offensive tackle in the nation and No. 46 prospect in Illinois by… Also participated in track and field.

Personal: Interests include drawing, playing guitar, researching stocks, music, and history… Participated in concert choir during his senior year of high school.

Jost Video


Walker Lott

6-3, 225


Birmingham, AL

At Choate Rosemary Hall: New England Class A State champion at Choate… All New England Second-Team offense… All New England.

At Thompson High School: Totaled 4,347 passing yards and 3,300 rushing yards... Team offensive MVP… Winner of Thomas McKay Wyckoff Football Award (Most Valuable Backfield Player)… …Mu Alpha Theta member… Fox 6 Sideline Player of the Week… My68 WABM Player of the Game.

Personal: Interests include scuba diving, economics, reading, target shooting, hunting, fishing… Brother won a national championship with LSU in 2007… Sister was a cheerleader at University of Tennessee… Father dressed as mascot at University of South Carolina.

Lott Video


Grant Neagli

6-8, 295


Alexandria, VA

At Episcopal High School: First-team All-Conference, Second-team All-State, Honorable Mention All-Met (DMV Area) offensive tackle… Alexander Spotswood Award for greatest positive influence on team morale… Winner of four-year Iron Man Award… Did not miss a single practice, game, team meeting, or other commitment during varsity football career, a school record… Received varsity letters in lacrosse, track & field, and wrestling.

Personal: Interests include woodworking and hunting… Lived in Hong Kong for 4 years… Has a brother, Jackson.

Neagli Video


Brandon Peterson

6-3, 250


San Antonio, TX

At Alamo Heights High School: Totaled 101 tackles and 12 sacks… First Team All-District defensive end junior and senior seasons… Second-Team All-State 5A… First-Team All-Area… All-State Academic… Also played offensive tackle.

Personal: Big San Antonio Spurs fan… Other interests include politics and music… Grandpa, Art, played basketball at Oregon State.                                                                                                                               

Peterson Video


Michael Purvey Jr.

5-10, 215


Houston, TX

At Strake Jesuit College Preparatory: Received team offensive MVP award... Second-team Academic All-State… Ranked No. 103 running back in the nation by… Also played wide receiver and kick returner… Ran track and played basketball… Captain of track team… 3-year varsity letter winner in track.

Personal: Aspires to be a sports broadcaster… Interests include acting… Has one sister, Autumn.

Purvey Video


Darnell Robinson

5-10, 178


West Palm Beach, FL

At Oxbridge Academy: 36 solo tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 13 passes defensed, 2 recovered fumbles, 1 sack, 6 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions in his career… Second Team All-State defensive back… Honorable Mention All-County defensive back… 2016 Nike National Leaderboard… 2015 Nike SPARQ #1 DB… Fastest DB overall at Michigan and South Florida camps… District and conference champion… Also played running back.

Personal: Interests include building things, specifically custom, high-performance computers… Looks to major in Mechanical Engineering… Has two extra fingers.

Robinson Video


D. Major Roman

6-5, 215


New London, CT

At New London High School: First-Team All-State tight end junior season… Overall Elite All-State team senior season… Norwich Bulletin High School Player of the Year… Team made state playoffs three of his four seasons… Also played outside linebacker… Captain of basketball team… Two-time All-State in basketball… Also ran track… Scholar-Athlete award recipient.

Personal: Father, Juan, played college football at Central Connecticut State University… Brother, J. Hunter Roman, also plays football at Yale.

Roman Video


Melvin Rouse II

5-10, 170


Charlotte, NC

At Charlotte Latin High School: Ranked No. 72 recruit in North Carolina by… Four-time All-State player… Helped Charlotte Latin win a state championship as a senior… Played in four straight state championships… Caught 10 touchdowns passes, made 60 tackles, and had four interceptions during his senior year… Member of the 2016 Big 22 team… Ran track his senior year… Holds school record in triple jump… Played lacrosse as a junior and senior.

Personal: Other interests include architecture and cartoons… Has one brother, Brice.

Rouse Video


AJ Ryan

6-1, 230


Dover, MA

At Xaverian Brothers High School: Led team in tackles junior and senior seasons… Named 2016 Suite Sports Defensive Player of the Year… Two-time First Team All- State linebacker… Member of 2014 and 2015 Massachusetts Division I state champions… Also played tight end and punter… Received two varsity letters in baseball… Winner of 2016 Eastern Massachusetts Scholar-Athlete Award.

Personal: Father, Mike, played football at Duke and BC… Uncle (Pat Ryan) played football at University of Colorado Boulder… Member of the National Honor Society.

Ryan Video


Christian Sampleton

6-3, 245


LaGrange Park, IL

At Nazareth Academy High School: Totaled 197 Tackles, 17 sacks, and 2 TD… Two-time East Suburban Catholic Conference All-Conference Selection defensive end… All-State Honorable Mention… Ranked No. 118 tight end in the nation and No. 64 overall recruit in Illinois by… Two-time state champion… Also played outside linebacker and tight end… Ran track and played basketball… Scholar-Athlete award recipient.

Personal: Father, Van, played football under legendary coach Eddie Robinson Cousins with retired NFL left tackle Flozell Adams… Uncle, Lawrence, played in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles… Grandfather, Jimmie, played football at Alcorn State University.

Sampleton Video

Donovan Slater

6-3, 290


Pittsburgh, PA

At Central Catholic High School: Pennsylvania All-State second team center… Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) 6A First-Team All-Conference… Frank Emanuele Unsung Hero Offense Award… Member of 2015 state and district champions… 2016 district champions and state runner-up.

Personal: Interests include hunting, playing basketball, hiking, swimming, and fishing… Owner of chickens, including a "very confrontational" rooster… Brother, Nolan, participated in shot put, discus, and hammer throw at Duquesne University and competed in the junior Olympics.

Slater Video


Rodney Thomas

6-0, 170


Pittsburgh, PA

At Central Catholic High School: First-Team All-Conference defensive back… 2017 Western Pennsylvania Football Gold All-Academic Team… Member of 2015 state champions… Member of 2016 district champions and state runner-up… Also played wide receiver… Teammates with Jacob Hinish and Donovan Slater… Also played basketball and ran track… Captain of track team.

Personal: Interests include fishing… Related to retired All-Pro fullback and tight end Keith Byars.

Thomas Video


Thomas Vissman

6-0, 210


Pittsburgh, PA

At Upper St. Clair High School: Rushed for 1409 yards with 17 TD's and 63 tackles as a senior… Scored 16 touchdowns as a junior… First-team All-Conference… Team MVP and Captain… Also played free safety, outside linebacker… United States Army Reserve National Scholar-Athlete… Received varsity letter in track.

Personal: Interests include skiing (both water and snow), music, pickle ball, hiking, and chess… Great-grandfather was the first quarterback for Art Rooney's original football team, Pittsburgh's own "Rooney Reds".

Vissman Video


Cam Warfield

6-5, 285


Washington, DC

At Gonzaga College High School: Two-time All-Conference and USA Today All-State offensive tackle… Two-Time District of Columbia State Athletic Association champion… National Football Foundation (NFF) member… Also played rugby, baseball… Hit for cycle in the last baseball game he ever played… Received two varsity letters in rugby… Starting lock for back-to-back-to-back national championship winning rugby team.

Personal: Interests include fishing, golfing, snowboarding, boating, community service… Has one sister named Lauren.

Warfield Video